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  • Writer's picturedavid Tanswell

Business rates : let local authorities take over.

Some commentators suggest innovative solutions to the problem of business rates would be an original solution to the vexed problem of UK business rates: increase the powers of local authorities to set and defend rateable values, disband the Valuation Office Agency and use the money saved to employ experts such as surveyors at LA level.

Commercial Property Advisors (CPA) agrees that this would be one way of reducing the backlog of 200,000 appeals against business rates, and would mitigate the years of underfunding of the VOA.

Meanwhile, CPA offers businesses facing punishing business rates a professional no win no fee service, which has successfully saved thousands for its wide range of clients.

Since many of its clients originally thought they would not qualify for rates relief, CPA urges all businesses, large or small, to contact them for friendly, prompt, and professional advice and assistance.

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